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Christopher J. Deery, Fargo, Published June 22 2013

Letter: Kevin Cramer is embarrassing

I rarely find myself speechless, but after weeks of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and his unbelievable actions, it’s almost hard to find words to express how disappointing and embarrassing he is.

What do you say about someone who is supposed to be representing all North Dakotans but votes to make college less affordable? What do you say about someone who should be inspiring graduates to follow their hearts and reach for the stars but chooses to spread lies about personal, devastating and emotionally charged issues instead?

I saw a story in The Forum about the massive amounts of student loan debt being accrued by today’s graduates. The article talked about the decline in entrepreneurship among the younger generation because of the pressures of debt. This is sad for so many reasons, and not the least of which is that some of the most incredible innovations happened because of the impact of young, forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

If we want to continue being a country of progress, innovation and advancement, shouldn’t the people representing us in Washington be facilitating and improving that process, rather than hindering it? And furthermore, shouldn’t people like Cramer not only be encouraging graduates but also representing them, as our at-large congressman?

But maybe we should all give Cramer the benefit of the doubt – after all, his membership in the U.S. House of Representatives has proved to be more difficult on him than he probably expected (refer to the numerous times he’s pointed to the fact that he’s still “learning” how to be a congressman).

In a recent letter, Democratic-NPL Executive Director Chad Oban suggested that all organizations invite Cramer to speak at their public meetings in order to allow folks to see who Cramer really is.

I’m going to make an opposing suggestion: Cramer shouldn’t speak in public at all until he figures out how to represent his constituents.